Flan is a popular dessert originating from the culinary traditions of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. It is characterized by its custard base and a layer of caramel sauce that becomes the top when inverted before serving. The velvety texture combined with the sweetness of the sauce makes it a delightful treat for the palate.
The dessert is typically prepared by combining sugar, milk, eggs, and flavorings such as vanilla or coffee. Once baked, the flan is chilled and served cold, garnished with fresh fruit or whipped cream. A variant known as Leche Flan is often found in the Philippines, featuring a more robust flavor from the use of sweetened condensed milk.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does Flan expire?
Homemade flan can last for about 2 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Store-bought flan might have a longer shelf life depending on the preservatives used which can usually be detected by checking the printed date on the package. Once opened, the flan should be consumed within 2 days for the best taste and quality. As for the freezing aspect, flan does not freeze well, the texture and overall quality may deteriorate largely due to the cream-based custard component.
How do you tell if Flan is bad?
You'll want to check the appearance and smell of the flan. If there’s mold growth, visible discolorations or a foul smell, it's likely gone bad. Additionally, if the texture becomes too watery or grainy, it might be an indication that the flan has been overly exposed to air or has been stored too long.
Tips for storing Flan to extend shelf life
• Always put flan in the fridge within two hours of preparation or purchase to avoid bacteria growth.
• Use an airtight container to store the flan because letting air may change its texture and taste. Don't just put a plate over it.
• Keep the flan in the main part of the refrigerator, not on the door side, as it's the coolest and most temperature-controlled part.
• If it has been laying out and remained unrefrigerated for more than two hours, it's safer to discard it.
• Avoid freezing flan as it can damage its texture.
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